Sunday, 15 September 2013

A day with Miss Fisher's 1920's costumes

Yesterday, along with Jay and Mumsie, I visited the Rippon Lea estate to see the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition.

The exhibition features many of the beautiful and glorious costumes from the television series based on the books by Kerry Greenwood. I love, love, love the books and the series is, well, good enough I suppose! I'm the sort of person who likes books to be adapted into series and films with nothing altered. The series is light and silly and it's fun to see the characters come to life.

 First stop, tea and scones. And some photos, of course.

Dress - ASOS
Boots & tights - old
Cameo necklace - gift from Jay
Cameo ring - (old) Samantha Wills

Upon entering the mansion (a situation in which I find myself every day, darling) we were delighted to discover a rack of coats, capes and feather boas, accompanied by a bowlful of fascinators and headbands, available purely for the purpose of dressing up and getting into the swing of things.



How could we resist?

One of the actual costumes is shown behind us here.

As you can see, I was not enjoying myself at all. And is that an admirer in the background? 
One of my usuals, no doubt.

Time to get down to business and see the exhibition. Sadly, no other photography was permitted, so here are some of the costumes we saw, as shown in the souvenir booklet.






 If you are not able to visit the exhibit I can only highly recommend watching the series to see more of the costumes, as they are quite exquisite. 

The exhibition was spread out through several rooms, with headless bodies and large (fake) knives lying around in abundance. I'd never been to Rippon Lea before, and seeing the house was as much of a treat as seeing the costumes.

 After the exhibit we took a stroll around the gardens. We couldn't have picked a better day for it.

I was very excited by everything we saw. 

"A bridge! Someone take my photo with this bridge!"

"A tree! Someone take my photo with this tree! It's huge!"

"OMG! A seat! Wait! Wait! I need a photo with this seat!"

I ended up with almost 200 photos. I was a happy little black duck.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Wet spring florals

cameo pendant - gift from Jay
everything else - retail


These little purple flowers are growing wild around a rose tree in my new courtyard. 
Everything outside looked so lush after a day of spring rain I just had to take some photos.


I've left a purple stripe in my hair and it's slowly fading to lavender. It sort of shows here. I quite like it and I think I'm going to dye my short side purple to match. 
Frustrating as it was to maintain, I do miss the colour.